Tarangire | Lake Manyara | Maasai | Ngorongoro Crater

Visit two of the Northern Tanzania National Parks, Maasai cultural excursion, and descend into the Ngrongoro Crater.

Day 1- Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is 2850 square kilometers (1100 square miles) and located southwest of Arusha, about 118 kilometers (75 miles) from Arusha Town.  During the dry season, the Tarangire river is a mere shadow of itself.  The trickle of water causes the wildlife to remain in high quantities, but in a limited space.  Thirsty antelopes and elephants wonder many kilometers in Tarangire in search of water.  These stronger animals can dig into the damp earth of the riverbed to find underground springs, while wildebeest, zebras, buffalos, giraffes, and gazelles mingle around the shrinking lagoons with rare species such as elands and oryx.  Pythons climb into the shade of the trees that line Tarangire’s massive southern swamps and hang there like giant malignant fruit, coiled neatly around the branches in a perfect sphere.

Tarangire in the dry season has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.  Its huge herds of elephants rival the park’s  gigantic baobab trees as its most celebrated feature.  Bird lovers will also enjoy the large diversity of winged species in Tarangire.

Day 2- Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park’s name derives from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalii, known as ‘Olmanyara’ in the Maasai language.  The Maasai use this plant to cover their bomas (hedges) which surround their dwellings.

Lake Manyara is 330 square kilometers (127 square miles) and was founded in 1960.  It is located in Northern Tanzania, 126 kilometers (78 miles) west of Arusha Town and strategically located along the highway westward to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park.

Some of the attractions found here may not be seen in other famous parks, such as the ground water forest-- an evergreen forest fed by freshwater springs-- and the Great Rift Valley escarpment, one of the most unique and beautiful sceneries in the park.  You will be amazed by the diversity of wildlife species and habitats.  The lake forms the most spectacular sight of the high diversity of bird species both migratory and resident, especially the spectacular volumes of flamingos.

Day 3- Maasai & Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts the finest blend of landscape, wildlife, people, and archaeological sites in Africa. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor support a large resident population of wildlife. Up to 25,000 predominantly grazing animals live with predators and about 500 species of birds.

This conservation area is situated 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of Arusha Town and covers an area of 8288 square kilometers (3200 square miles). Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, the Ngorongoro is home to wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing. It includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken caldera and a sanctuary for the critically endangered Black Rhino. The stunning landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater, combined with its spectacular concentration of wildlife, is one the greatest natural wonders on the planet.

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Details

Pick up and drop off at your desired location.  This tour would be best for travelers staying in Arusha, Karatu, Tarangire, or coming in from Kilimanjaro International Airport.  Included: private safari driver, park fees, full room and board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and lodge accommodations), and bottled water.  Be sure to call or email us to customize your Off Season Adventures experience!

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